02-12-2009, 12:34 AM
Turning the Heel
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Knitting my first sweater...
I think I have posted something of this once before but I can't find it so here goes....
I got off to a poor start on my first sweater, and especially my first anything knit on circular needles... but with help from you guys here on KH, I managed to get the knitting turned around (literally) and now I'm going great guns.
In fact, I've almost finished the body of the sweater... but I began to worry that I would not have enough yarn to finish it and then do the sleeves.
So today, I went to WalMart and bot some more of my 'anchor' yarn and added another cc yarn to be held together as I knit.
I've just changed the additional yarn from what I was using so that now I am doing a nice piece of lighter knitting so that it comes out as a dim stripe. Loving the look.
I'm using a pattern I got for free called Francis Revisited by Beth Silverstein.
The thing is - I used her pattern til I got past the part where I put the sleeves onto yarn holders and was knitting away on the body.
She called for a decrease right there but I'm not skinny minny so I decided to change my pattern.
To that end, I began to increase every 8th stitch in the front of the sweater and do an increase at the front and back of each stitch marker that marked the sides of the sweater.
It worked really well, giving me something that looks like pleats going across the front.
When I had done enough (to my estimation) I did one pleat in the middle of the back of the sweater giving me a little bump to take care of the little increase I would need for my teeny tiny butt .
As for the neckline where I first started the sweater, I've decided to change it as well since I don't really like anything tight to my neck.
My plan is to pick up and knit as the pattern shows for about 2 inches and then do just knit st. so that the collar turns under on it's own. I will do this for as long as I think I want the collar to be.
I do hope all this will work out...
If the sweater is a little tight.. well, I won't care. I'll just have that much more incentive to lose a bit of weight... so that's win/win... and if it's too big... bonus!